Dives in Misericordiae 7d: An Intimate Culmination

Divine_Mercy_Sanctuary_in_Vilnius4St John Paul reminds us that God’s initiative is responsible for the return to the original condition and intent of his creation of human beings.

The Paschal Mystery is the culmination of this revealing and effecting of mercy, which is able to justify (us), to restore justice in the sense of that salvific order which God willed from the beginning in (people) and, through (people), in the world.

Consider this curious question after reading: Do you think Christ crucified is heard by non-believers?

The suffering Christ speaks in a special way to (people), and not only to the believer. The non-believer also will be able to discover in Him the eloquence of solidarity with the human lot, as also the harmonious fullness of a disinterested dedication to the cause of (people), to truth and to love.

No doubt St John Paul is attuned to some people who are attracted to Jesus and to Christianity through the Cross. But I wonder about most people. Gandhi, I recall, was inspired by the Beatitudes. But to play skeptic on that, I would wonder if most Christian sympathizers and seekers would find the Jesus that aligned with moral therapeutic deism or some similar thought. Certainly, if Jesus saved one’s life personally, there would be devotion or some natural connection. But I think the Cross is often times off-putting, even to believers. Nevertheless, Good Friday is indeed a gate into God’s mercy and the love of God among the Persons and for us:

And yet the divine dimension of the Paschal Mystery goes still deeper. The cross on Calvary, the cross upon which Christ conducts His final dialogue with the Father, emerges from the very heart of the love that (people), created in the image and likeness of God, has been given as a gift, according to God’s eternal plan. God, as Christ has revealed Him, does not merely remain closely linked with the world as the Creator and the ultimate source of existence. He is also Father: He is linked to (us), whom He called to existence in the visible world, by a bond still more intimate than that of creation. It is love which not only creates the good but also grants participation in the very life of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. For (the one) who loves desires to give (oneself).

Dives in Misericordia, the second encyclical of Pope John Paul II, is available online here, and is copyright © 1980 – Libreria Editrice Vaticana

About catholicsensibility

Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
This entry was posted in Dives in Misericordiae. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s